Virgin Atlantic Launching Flights to Israel in September

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

After weeks of speculation, Virgin Atlantic has confirmed that it will launch flights to Israel this fall. The UK-based airline confirmed in a press release Sunday morning that, beginning in September 2019, the airline will serve Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), from the airline’s main hub at London Heathrow (LHR). Virgin Atlantic has not yet released …

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How to Book Cheap Delta Awards With Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

UK-based Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club isn’t well known here in the United States. But if you’re looking for cheap award redemptions, it’s worth getting to know the program. From cheap premium-cabin awards to Japan to 25,000-mile business class flights to Africa, there are plenty of gems in the Flying Club program. Today we’re going to …

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Baby on Board: 12 Airlines That Allow Growing Families to Put Elite Status on Hold

Written by Angelina Aucello @ The Points Guy

Before my first child was born, I took 90 flights in a year (half of them while pregnant) and qualified for top-tier elite status with two airlines. Even though I was committed to continue exploring the world, both with and without my little ones, a new addition to a family is a major lifestyle adjustment …

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Virgin Atlantic Acquires FlyBe, Will Nearly Triple Fleet Size

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic is coming to the rescue of a large regional airline in the UK with plans to build out its regional fleet and route network. Virgin has partnered with Stobart Group and Cyrus to purchase Flybe for £2.2 million in a cut price deal. The three companies will form a joint venture, Connect Airways, to …

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Virgin Atlantic Pilot Strikes December 22 – 25, December 30 – January 2 & January 4 – 7, 2019

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Virgin AtlanticVirgin Atlantic pilots belonging to the Professional Pilot Union (PPU) that the airline has refused to recognize has issued three strike dates for the busy year-end holiday period. PPU claims that it represents more than 400 of the airline’s pilots while Virgin Atlantic claims that they represent roughly 30%. The airline aims to operate full […]

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Virgin Atlantic Begins Flying A330 With New Upper Class ‘Suites’

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic operates some of the world’s best business-class lounges, with a-la-carte dining, complimentary spa treatments and more, but Virgin’s Upper Class seat has been in need of an update, especially on some of the carrier’s oldest planes. Earlier this year, the airline added four Airbus A330-200s to its fleet, with “new” seats in business …

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Virgin Galactic Taking Humans to Space by Christmas, Says Founder Richard Branson

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Sir Richard Branson already affirmed to TPG that he plans on heading to space himself in 2019. (Which, if you haven’t heard the two chat all things travel on the our Talking Points podcast, now’s a great time to listen!) What happens prior to Virgin Galactic’s founder heading to the next frontier? Other people heading …

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I Just Experienced the Future of Boarding a Plane — Here’s What I Learned

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Starting Dec. 1, 2018, passengers flying internationally out of Terminal F at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) can use their face to get them from curb to gate, and onto the plane. Delta announced the news just over two months ago, and I traveled to the airline’s home turf to experience the future of boarding …

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The Easiest Airline Miles to Get and Why You Want Them

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

One of the most exciting developments in the world of points and miles this year was Capital One’s recent announcement of new transfer partners. Beginning in December, miles earned on cards like the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and the Capital One Spark Miles for Business will be transferable to 12 airline partners. Unfortunately, …

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Video: Watch Virgin Orbit Successfully Fly Its 747 Satellite Launcher

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

The words “Virgin” and “space” have become synonymous. One way or another, Sir Richard Branson is going to roll out the red carpet for humans to more easily visit the next frontier. Virgin Orbit, sister company to Virgin Galactic, has a slightly different mission. It’s looking to fly small satellites to space using a retrofitted …

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Digging in to Global Connectivity Revenues

Written by Seth Miller @ Wandering Aramean

A pair of recent earnings reports left open questions about just how many aircraft are generating how much inflight connectivity revenue. Both Gogo and Inmarsat clarified those positions, providing better context around their numbers.
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Up to 30% Bonus Miles When You Transfer Amex Points to Virgin Atlantic

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

American Express has rolled out a targeted promotion allowing select cardholders to earn up to 30% in bonus miles. The promotion allows those targeted with this offer to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles and receive bonus miles. Not every cardholder is targeted for this offer and bonus mileage …

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